Friday, January 01, 2010
It was 365 days ago that I was sitting on my couch cruising the internet. I half-heartedly was looking for a calorie tracker on Google when I stumbled upon Sparkpeople. I thought - cool it's free - what do I have to lose.
Turns out I had 93.2 pounds to lose... and then some!!
When I started this journey I weighed 287 pounds. I was morbidly obese, depressed, diagnosed with sleep apnea and tired. Really, really tired. My joints ached. My pants were increasing in size and I just felt like crap. My how things can change in 12 short months.
Here's some numbers that amaze me ...
I've logged 13,250 fitness minutes this past year. This from a chick that hated to exercise and doesn't belong to a gym.
I've thrown 56,871 punches on Wii Gold's Gym Cardio Workout.
I've taken 1,525,297 steps since wearing a pedometer daily starting in May. That works out to 507.4 miles. Who knew?
Waist 01/15/09 : 54.5" 01/01/10: 35.5" Difference: 19"
Hips 01/15/09: 53" 01/01/10: 42" Difference: 11"
Neck 01/15/09: 16" 01/01/10: 13" Difference: 3"
That's 33" gone in only 3 measurements -- Holy Cow!
The average number of daily calories I have consumed is 1593.
The average number of daily calories I've burned is 324.
My average daily consumption of fiber has been 28 grams a day.
My average daily consumption of sodium is 2700 mg.
It's amazing to me where information & baby steps can take you.
I noticed that my weight loss slowed down quite a bit after I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy in August. I'm still dealing with it today. It's not been easy, but I'm determined to make this work.
I still have 20 pounds to go before I am no longer overweight. My target weight is 153 which is in the middle of normal on the BMI chart for me. This is strictly a target to shoot for. I'm also looking at waist to hip ratio - I'd like that to be in a healthy range as well before I go into maintenance mode.
I am determined to get to a healthy BMI. I've proven to myself this past year that it is possible. I CAN do this. It just takes time and good choices.
Sparkfriends -- you have all been key on this journey. Reading your blogs, articles, and looking at pictures have all been so very inspirational to me. It helps so much, especially on those days when it's hard to remember why a double hot fudge sundae isn't a good choice for lunch.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my loving boyfriend as well. He's been a HUGE support to me. Not only has he put up with watching me flop around the living room in front of the Wii during TV time but he's even adapted to eating turkey burgers & tofu. Without these changes I've been able to make at home - none of this would have been possible. Thank you Sugar! I don't always say it to you - but I appreciate your support and love more than I can say. I'd be lost without you.
I've got 40 more pounds to go ... I am SO going to do this.